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Maria Callas: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969) - CD 70 of 70

Maria Callas: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969) - CD 70 of 70
Classical, Opera | CD70 | NGR | 8 MB | RS |
EMI Classics (3959182) | Release Date: Sep 25, 2007

A true Callas cornucopia, this 70-CD set gathers together everything Maria Callas ever recorded in the studio. That's 26 complete operas (four of which are studio repeats), plus the complete studio recitals made during the legendary soprano's recording career, which lasted from 1949-69. The bonus CD-ROM contains libretti and translations in English, French and German, plus a Callas photo library, while remastered treats include Callas's first recital recording, originally made for the Fonit-Cetra label and featuring arias by Wagner and Bellini. – Barnes & Noble
Maria Callas: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969) - CD 25 of 70

Maria Callas: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969) - CD 25 of 70
Classical, Opera | CD24 | FLAC LOG CUE | 146 MB | RS |
EMI Classics (3959182) | Release Date: Sep 25, 2007

A true Callas cornucopia, this 70-CD set gathers together everything Maria Callas ever recorded in the studio. That's 26 complete operas (four of which are studio repeats), plus the complete studio recitals made during the legendary soprano's recording career, which lasted from 1949-69. The bonus CD-ROM contains libretti and translations in English, French and German, plus a Callas photo library, while remastered treats include Callas's first recital recording, originally made for the Fonit-Cetra label and featuring arias by Wagner and Bellini. –Barnes & Noble
Maria Callas - The Callas Rarities (1997/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - The Callas Rarities (1997) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 116:49 minutes | 2,18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

The tracks on this album were recorded over a period of no less than 16 years. The earliest, the two versions of Donna Anna's 'Non mi dir', date from 1953, and were intended to test microphone placings before Callas made her first commercial recording for EMI: Lucia di Lammermoor. The latest, the Verdi arias recorded with Nicola Rescigno in 1964-1965 and 1969, were never approved for release by the soprano. When Callas Rarities was first released in 1993, Gramophone wrote: 'Each item, each phrase almost, has something to be said about it: the whole collection makes essential listening'.
Maria Callas - Arias from Verdi Operas (1972/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Arias from Verdi Operas (1972) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 50:13 minutes | 1023 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This third Verdi collection was the last recital that Callas recorded, over an extended period between 1964 and 1969. Arias from operas in her stage repertoire – Aida, Un ballo in maschera, I vespri siciliani and Il trovatore – were complemented by numbers from more rarely heard works from Verdi’s ‘galley years’: When five of the tracks from this recital were originally released as Callas by Request, Gramophone admired the way: ‘Callas revealed her matchless command of line, verbal declamation and musical insight’.
Maria Callas - Sings Operatic Arias (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Lyric and Coloratura Arias (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 48:51 minutes | 515 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

As this recital amply demonstrates, Maria Callas encompassed an extraordinary range of roles. She is as convincing in the pinpoint coloratura of Lakmé's 'Bell Song' ('Her chromatic scale is beautifully done and she sails up to the region known as in alt with the greatest ease,' said Gramophone) as in the sweeping, richly coloured lines of Maddalena's 'La mamma morta' from Andrea Chénier, famously and movingly featured on the soundtrack of the 1993 Hollywood film Philadelphia.'There is great tenderness and simplicity, deep emotion,and the most lovely moulding of the vocal phrases,' wrote Gramophone, 'Madame Callas's characterizations… are nothing less than superb, and altogether there is some of her finest singing yet recorded'.
Maria Callas - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (1959/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (1959) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 120:45 minutes | 1,29 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Each act of Puccini's episodic opera shows Manon Lescaut in a different light - from the ingénue of the first to the desperate, dying woman of the last. Though Callas never performed the role on stage, she captures every aspect of this passionate, but selfish and enigmatic character. In this particular Puccini opera, the tenor is by no means overshadowed by the soprano, and Giuseppe di Stefano duly dominates the gripping scene at Le Havre.The young Fiorenza Cossotto - a powerhouse in roles such as Amneris and Eboli - makes a cameo appearance as the Madrigal Singer.
Maria Callas - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1960/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1960) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 111:18 minutes | 2,32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

In the six years that had passed since 1953, and her first recording of Lucia di Lammermoor, Callas's voice had maybe become less robust, but her singing had become still more perceptive. As Gramophone said: 'Mme Callas has refined her interpretation of the role, and made it more exquisite, more fascinating, musically and dramatically more subtle - in a word, more beautiful'.
Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1961/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1961) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 161:32 minutes | 3,38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Callas first sang Bellini's Norma in 1948, when she was just 25. She went on to perform the role of the heroic, but vulnerable Druid priestess -the ultimate embodiment of bel canto - more frequently than any other. In this second studio recording her conductor was again Tullio Serafin (he originally tutored her in the role in 1948), and the venue was again La Scala - where the opera was premiered in 1831. By 1960, Callas brought a wealth of new nuance to her interpretation, and she is aptly partnered by the creamy-voiced Christa Ludwig (in a rare recording of an Italian role) and the towering Franco Corelli.
Maria Callas - Sings Great Arias From French Operas (1961/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Sings Great Arias From French Operas (1961) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:44 minutes | 1,06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Callas never sang a role in French on stage, though she had studied French repertoire as a student and one of her most famous roles, Cherubini’s Medea, had originally been written in French as Médée. From the early 1960s she made her home in Paris, where in 1961 she recorded this recital of French-language arias for both soprano and mezzo-soprano, composed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Maria Callas - Callas A Paris: More Arias From French Opera (1964/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Callas à Paris: More Arias From French Opera (1964) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:48 minutes | 939 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

As in her first Callas à Paris recital, recorded two years previously, the diva performs arias of diverse weight, colour and mood - from the darker tones of Berlioz's Marguerite to the brilliant 'Jewel Song' of Gounod's Marguerite, and from the mezzo-ish melancholy of Massenet's Charlotte to the soprano coquetry of the same composer's Manon. 'Simply as an artist,' wrote Gramophone in its review of the recital, 'in her sense of line, her feeling for a word, her command of colour and her mastery of the whole complex art of interpretation - [Callas] is so far ahead of all other contemporary singers, and of all but the greatest past singers, too, that she almost spoils us for the rest.'